Can you still get travel insurance in the age of coronavirus?

As holidays and business travel abroad resume, many people are concerned about the risks posed by coronavirus – and the problems they may face getting adequate insurance. These are the key questions and answers. I booked my August holiday to Greece last January and took out insurance at the time. Will it still cover me […]

International travel corridors? They’ve been around for centuries

A stranger passing strangely through a strange land: that was how it felt the first time I experienced a real international travel corridor – across Cold War Europe. I have written (and you, poor reader, may have read) a vast amount about the worst quarantine policy in history: Britain’s bizarre blanket requirement to self-isolate for […]

Boris Johnson dents travel industry hopes of ‘saving the summer’

Boris Johnson has dented travel industry hopes that quarantine rules could be relaxed. For the past eight days, almost all arrivals at UK airports, ferry ports and international rail terminals have been required to self-isolate at home for two weeks. The law is in place for a year, unless modified. At the Downing Street daily […]

Trans-Tasman travel bubble: Israel looking to be included

As plans to introduce a quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand continue, more surrounding countries are hoping to join in on the discussion. But Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has shut down the suggestion of a “travel bubble” with any other country at this stage, focusing on getting the trans-Tasman corridor under way […]

Big changes to airport security after coronavirus lockdowns lifted

The first wave of tourists heading abroad after the pandemic will have a very different experience at the airport, according to experts. Pre-booked booze, security timeslots and more screening processes are likely to be introduced along with other safety and hygiene measures. Travellers may already face much longer queues when getting through security, with more […]

Ryanair passengers fear they may have to wait a year for cash refund on cancelled flights

As the coronavirus pandemic brings European aviation almost to a standstill, the latest message from Ryanair to passengers whose flight have been cancelled is causing consternation. “Looks like Ryanair are changing the goal posts again,” said passenger Lisa Shakeshaft. “I wonder if they’re trying to put off a cash refund for a year?” Danielle Koop […]

Coronavirus: Emirates announces April repatriation flights

Only citizens of the destination countries and who meet entry requirements will be allowed to board Emirates plans to operate a limited number of passenger flights through the end of April to repatriate citizens to several locations in Europe, Africa and Asia, the airline has announced. In a statement, Emirates said that it plans to […]

Covid 19 coronavirus: NZ tourism leaders unite for show of support

Tourism industry leaders have come together in a show of support for not only surviving Covid-19, but thriving after it. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis, Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall and Air New Zealand’s Cam Wallace joined together today for a webinar to explain more about the work TNZ is leading to restart and […]